The 'Shroom:Issue XXXIII/Upcoming Games

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Upcoming Games

by Paper Pikachu (talk)

Paper Pikachu here, welcoming you to a new edition of Upcoming Games! That said, there isn't really much news, and I can only give you the news we already know on Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

POSSIBLE RELEASE?: The only real news of the game is the announcement by Shigeru Miyamoto that the game is nearly finished, hinting at a release in either the First or Second Quarter of 2010. On that note, I give you all the other information we already know, which has already been documented in the 'Shroom.

An early E3 2009 screenshot of Super Mario Galaxy 2.

The Star Spin is confirmed to return, as well as the Bee suit and Launch Stars. One of the main additions to Super Mario Galaxy is the addition of Yoshi, who makes his first appearance in a 3D Mario game since Super Mario Sunshine. Using fruit to change colors, an aesthetic change in Super Mario Sunshine, Yoshi will be able to gain new powers. Turning orange will allow Yoshi to run at Super Speed, which in-turn allows him to run up steep platforms. Turning blue will give Yoshi an ability similar to the Bee suit. While on Yoshi, the Wii Remote cursor acts as Yoshi’s Tongue, which can be used to eat enemies, and swing on special flowers.

E3 2009 screenshot of Mario riding Blimp Yoshi.
Another Gameplay element introduced is a drill item, which will allow you to dig into the earth, or dig to the other side of the planet. There are multiple switches in the game, with varying effects. One switch freezes water, while another slows down time, a mechanic which, according to Shigeru Miyamoto, will be used in a boss fight. 2D stages return, as do purple coin missions. In the latter, Mario is followed by Dark Versions of himself, which do everything he does.
A screenshot from Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Nothing much has been confirmed about the story. However, airships have been seen coming out of a warp, while an ice sculpture of Bowser is seen in a galaxy. Mario is also seen using the drill to fight a Megaleg-like robot which is powered by a star. However, Shigeru Miyamoto has stated he would like to go with as little story as possible for Super Mario Galaxy 2.

It has been confirmed it will be released in 2010 for North American, European, and Japanese audiences. No release date has yet been announced for Australia.